[RFC PATCH 0/2] MTE support for KVM guest

Dave Martin Dave.Martin at arm.com
Wed Jun 24 06:34:13 EDT 2020

On Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 10:38:48AM +0100, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 07:05:07PM +0100, Peter Maydell wrote:
> > On Wed, 17 Jun 2020 at 13:39, Steven Price <steven.price at arm.com> wrote:
> > > These patches add support to KVM to enable MTE within a guest. It is
> > > based on Catalin's v4 MTE user space series[1].
> > >
> > > [1] http://lkml.kernel.org/r/20200515171612.1020-1-catalin.marinas%40arm.com
> > >
> > > Posting as an RFC as I'd like feedback on the approach taken.
> > 
> > What's your plan for handling tags across VM migration?
> > Will the kernel expose the tag ram to userspace so we
> > can copy it from the source machine to the destination
> > at the same time as we copy the actual ram contents ?
> Qemu can map the guest memory with PROT_MTE and access the tags directly
> with LDG/STG instructions. Steven was actually asking in the cover
> letter whether we should require that the VMM maps the guest memory with
> PROT_MTE as a guarantee that it can access the guest tags.
> There is no architecturally visible tag ram (tag storage), that's a
> microarchitecture detail.

If userspace maps the guest memory with PROT_MTE for dump purposes,
isn't it going to get tag check faults when accessing the memory
(i.e., when dumping the regular memory content, not the tags

Does it need to map two aliases, one with PROT_MTE and one without,
and is that architecturally valid?


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